LEGO Lord of the Rings brings Middle-Earth to Mac on Feb. 21

There’s a new Lord of the Rings game on the block and it’s coming to Mac later this month. Oh, and it features characters and a world that are literally made out of blocks. Feral Interactive is preparing a port of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s LEGO Lord of the Rings, released last fall on other platforms, and will be launching it on the Mac App Store and via its own site on February 21 for US$29.99.

The game adheres to the formula employed by other LEGO titles from developer Traveler’s Tales, such as LEGO Batman and Star Wars, and sees the Fellowship of the Ring battling orcs and other baddies from Tolkien’s tomes while assembling things out of LEGO bricks to help them on their quest. Two players will be able to collaborate on the adventure which will offer the opportunity to unlock more than 80 playable characters. (Let us just suggest that you keep plastic Frodo and the gang away from the fires of Mt. Doom.)

Tim Cook: Shareholder lawsuit is a "silly sideshow"

You may recall a TUAW post last week about a shareholder lawsuit spearheaded by Greenlight Capital fund manager David Einhorn. The lawsuit essentially claims that Apple isn’t doing enough to make sure that shareholders are receiving the benefits of the company’s success, and contests a proposition to add a requirement to Apple’s charter forcing any move to issue preferred stock to be approved by common shareholders. Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference today, referred to the lawsuit as a “silly sideshow.”

According to our sister site TechCrunch, Cook commented during the conference that the approval process by common shareholders was part of a 2012 look at how Apple could improve its governance. According to Cook, “I find it bizarre that we would find ourselves being sued for something that’s good for consumers.” Cook’s personal preference? To have both sides take any money that would be wasted in fighting a lawsuit and donate it to a worthy cause.

Free Pokemon TV app wants to be the very best, like no one ever was

I’ll admit it: I may have just written this post for the headline. But an official app from Nintendo’s huge pet-hunting franchise is always news, and a free app like this might be just the thing to keep your kids busy for cheap while they’re playing with the iPhone or iPad on a long car ride. Yes, a new Pokemon TV app has arrived in the App Store, and it will allow you to, for free, stream up to fifty different Pokemon episodes, and even a few movies from the huge franchise.

There are over 700 episodes out there, and the app is scheduled to update available episodes weekly, so every week your little viewer (or you, if you happen to be a Pokemon fan) can dial in and check out some brand new content.The movies are in rotation as well (Pokemon the Movie will be streaming during the second half of this week), and there are even new animated shorts to see, including the upcoming Meloetta’s Moonlight Serenade.

Daily Update for February 12, 2013

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PhotoFast’s i-FlashDrive HD: a quick way to share files between iOS devices and Mac or PC

PhotoFast’s i-FlashDrive HD is an interesting device that combines a USB flash drive, a 30-pin Dock Connector, an Apple Lightning to 30-pin Dock Connector adapter, and a free app to make moving files between iOS devices and a Mac or PC fast and easy.

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